Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For July ’18
This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Comics not in Diamond’s top 100 sellers for July
This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find four to six comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for July’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.
Oh S#!T It’s Kim & Kim #1 (Black Mask)
July Sales Rank/Units Sold: 396/1,932
Why You Should Read It: Because according to Joshua Davison this “is a wall-to-wall joyride with two fantastic leads, a wicked sense of humor, and high-energy storytelling style. Magdalene Visaggio never ceases to impress me with her storytelling acumen, and Cabrera and Aguirre do excellent work on the art.” I just had a blast reading it.
Donald & Mickey Quarterly Treasure Menace In Venice (IDW)
July Sales Rank/Units Sold: 377/2,319
Why You Should Read It: Sometimes, you just need a little bit of something different in your comics reading. Especially if you’re more inclined to longer, darker stories the likes of which you don’t get here because it’s Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse.
Old Man Jack #11 (Boom)
July Sales Rank/Units Sold: 314/3,608
Why You Should Read It: Are you a fan of Big Trouble in Little China? Do you enjoy the idea of a spoof of Old Man Logan? Then you may want to dig up the first issue and give this a go.
Dark Souls: Age Of Fire #3 (Titan)
July Sales Rank/Units Sold: 283/4,232
Why You Should Read It: The Dark Souls series is one of my favourite videogame series out there, but as with any licensed property translated to comics I approached this with some trepidation. Now this isn’t going to blow you away, but it will entertain. Especially fans of the games.
Quantum & Woody #8 (Valiant)
July Sales Rank/Units Sold: 261/4,885
Why You Should Read It: Eliot Rahal has taken this series to new levels since taking over scripting duties a few issues ago, and while he has kept the sense of fun and wonder, the comic feels less goofy than it has done previously. Almost as if it’s a love letter to nostalgia…
Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.